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Collection Number: 05313-z

Collection Title: Charles Louis Schlom Papers, 1874-1983

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Size 37 items
Abstract Born to a family of Jewish craftspeople near Riga, Latvia, Charles Louis Schlom emigrated to America to avoid religious persecution, and, in 1908, settled in Greenville, Miss., where he operated a jewelry store. The collection includes documents related to the Schlom family in Latvia; legal and financial papers, including the naturalization papers, property deed and loan papers, and last will and testament of Charles Louis Schlom; letters and materials sent to Schlom and newspaper clippings related to the purchase and operation of his Greenville, Miss., jewelry store; photographs of Charles Louis Schlom, family members, and the store; a biographical sketch of Charles Louis Schlom by his oldest daughter, Zelda Schlom Sachs; and other materials.
Creator Schlom, Charles Louis, 1880-1950.
Language English Russian German Hebrew
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Charles Louis Schlom Papers #5313-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Margaret Sachs of Chapel Hill, N.C., in 2007 (Acc. 100599, 100759).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Born to a family of Jewish craftspeople near Riga, Latvia, Charles Louis Schlom emigrated to America to avoid religious persecution. He and his grandmother were resettled in Galveston, Tex. As an adult, Charles Louis Schlom traveled throughout the United States, eventually opening a coat shop in Memphis, Tenn. In November 1905, Schlom became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He married Nellie Ethel Freeman, and the two followed his friend, Marcy Hartman, to Greenville, Miss., in April 1908. That June, the couple's first child, Zelda Schlom (later Sachs), was born. Three more children followed: Lillian (1910), David (1912), and Fannie Helen (1919). Schlom purchased a jewelry store in 1908, which he expanded and passed on to his relations. Zelda and her husband Irvin Sachs took over the business in 1945. Their daughter Joanne Sachs Skibell and her husband Bernard Skibell moved to Greenville, Miss., in 1955 to become active in the family business.

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The collection includes documents related to the Schlom family, a Jewish family of craftspeople in Latvia; legal and financial papers, including the naturalization papers, property deed and loan papers, and last will and testament of merchant Charles Louis Schlom; letters and materials sent to Schlom and newspaper clippings related to the purchase and operation of his Greenville, Miss., jewelry store; photographs of Charles Louis Schlom, family members, and the store; a biographical sketch of Charles Louis Schlom by his oldest daughter, Zelda Schlom Sachs; and other materials.

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Contents list

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37 items.
Folder 1

Documents, 1874-1893 and undated #05313-z, Series: "Papers, 1874-1983 and undated." Folder 1

Includes a report card and six other documents related to the Schlom family in Latvia (in Russian, German, and Hebrew).

Folder 2

Legal and financial papers, 1905-1944 and undated #05313-z, Series: "Papers, 1874-1983 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

Letters, clippings, and related material, 1908-1983; biographical sketch, undated #05313-z, Series: "Papers, 1874-1983 and undated." Folder 3

Includes six scattered letters on personal and business matters. In the earliest letter, Marcy Hartman encouraged Charles Louis Schlom to purchase the jewelry store of a Mr. Klein, writing on 15 February 1908, "Greenville is a splendid business point, a good, healthy place to live in, where you could mingle, both socially and commercially, with those of your own race as well as our Christian brethren." Also includes an eye-test card, newspaper clippings related to the purchase and operation of the Greenville, Miss., jewelry store, and a biographical sketch of Charles Louis Schlom by Zelda Schlom Sachs.

Image Folder P-5313/1

Photographs, 1899-1940s #05313-z, Series: "Papers, 1874-1983 and undated." P-5313/1

Includes photographs of Charles Louis Schlom, family members, and the jewelry store.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Amanda Ross, January 2008

Encoded by: Amanda Ross, January 2008

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